Evolution of transhumant pastoralism in temperate Europe

From 1985-1989, my research was concerned with the origins of transhumant pastoralism. It has long been assumed that the origins of transhumant pastoralism occurred with the advent of animal domestication. The results of my studies in Southeastern Europe, demonstrated that this form of land use and animal exploitation appeared much later in the temperate climatic zone – i.e., at the advent of the Eneolithic or Bronze Age (3300 BC), along with the evolution of complex systems of land use. This research project involved excavations of sites in the highlands and lowlands of Bosnia and Serbia, and detailed analysis of zooarchaeological samples from various archaeological sites throughout the region.

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